Mon 24 May 2021 | 19:39

Martinez doesn’t feel fully ready for national duty

Inigo Martinez has explained why he isn’t in Spain national team in the European Championships.

Athletic Bilbao’s

Inigo Martinez

thinks that he isn’t in his best form mentally or physically, and this is why he isn’t included in Spain’s squad despite playing in all Spain’s games in this calendar year.

Martinez wrote in a post shared on his social media accounts:

“These sentences are very hard for me to write. The truth is that for some time I have not been 100 percent physically or mentally to compete at the level of maximum demand required by Athletic = and the Spanish national team jerseys.

“After thinking deeply in my surroundings, I have come to the conclusion that out of honesty with those shirts and with myself, I must stop, take a step to the side to disconnect, recharge my batteries and quickly recover the strength that has always accompanied me.

“I have been fighting all season to the fullest for my club and for the goal of participating in the European Championship. I have left everything on the pitch for it, but I think honesty is the best for the national team in this difficult challenge that lies ahead.”

The 30-year-old defender who has made 15 appearances for his national team joined Athletic Club from Real Sociedad in 2018 and has been one of the best defenders in La Liga despite not feeling ready to help his national team in the European Championships.

source: SportMob

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